Tag Archives: Environmental Health

More than 60 Percent of New Mexico in ‘Extreme Drought’

State has seen little rain     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 60 percent of New Mexico now is experiencing extreme drought or worse conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that around 64 percent of the state is ...

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Arizona Officials Close Forest Lands as Wildfire Danger Looms

Temporary closings in drought-parched state     By PAUL DEVENPORT and ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Tourists and the residents of Arizona mountain towns that rely on them won’t have access to parts of some national forests this ...

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Prescribed Burn in New Hampshire Forest to Improve Habitat

Third attempt at prescribed burn in this area     FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — A portion of the blueberry barrens atop New Hampshire’s Blue Job Mountain in Farmington will be set on fire to maintain important habitats and benefit a ...

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California Governor Signs Order to Reduce Wildfire Danger

Order seeks to double forest management practices to 500,000 acres     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order on Thursday that aims to reduce the dangers of wildfires following some of the deadliest and most ...

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Forest Service to Burn 200 to 600 Acres in Vermont

Prescribed burn in the Green Mountain National Forest     RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says between 200 and 600 acres in the Green Mountain National Forest are going to be burned with prescribed fires as part ...

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Prescribed Burn in Michigan Wildlife Refuge

Burn planned to reduce phragmites     ESTRAL BEACH, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning a prescribed burn this spring to reduce an invasive, reedy plant in part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. ...

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Fire Crews Burn 84 Acres of Louisiana Refuge

Prescribed burn to help longleaf pine trees   SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Fire crews have burned a small section of a wildlife refuge to benefit longleaf pine trees, which require periodic fires to thrive, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

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Major Winter Storm Threatens California Burn Areas

Flash flooding near wildfire burn scars   By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful winter storm was bearing down Wednesday on California and forecasters warned of heavy snowfall in the northern mountains ...

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Arizona Governor Warns of Difficult Fire Season

Requests double funding for fire prevention   By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s governor issued an outlook Thursday for an especially difficult wildfire season because of record dry winter conditions. Flanked by forest and fire officials and ...

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Eating Away a Threat

Goats help mitigate wildland understory to reduce fire severity   A herd of 300 goats is being used by South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue and the city of Castle Pines to mitigate landscape infrastructure around three neighborhoods. (Photos courtesy of ...

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